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  1. Yeah there is a definate imbalance somewhere, I just have to figure out where. I either don't have or see any other algae , just the stag horn and bba but the snails could be eating any other types. I can take plants out of that tank and put in my other tank without any kind of dip and never see any staghorn or bba in the other tank. Ironically the other tank I'm not even trying on I was just throwing spares in it and don't have any algae problems there.
  2. It's my newest tank,my first truly planted tank. It's only been running since March. I started dosing the metracide as a carbon source because I already had the Blackbeard and staghorn algae so I know the metracide wasn't the cause. I researched quite a bit and found common causes for bba was fluctuations in co2. Since I do not want to deal with a pressurized co2 system the next best thing to try according to some of the research I was reading in a low tech system was to dose excel or metracide. The root tabs I have replaced after three months as the instructions on the pack had said. The Black beard and staghorn algae does seem to favor one spot in my tank and reappears there first (I've already killed it off once before with peroxide spot treatments.) But then spreads. The spot it favors is right under the hob filter, both at the top and bottom of the tank.
  3. Thank you so much for all the advice! I will cut the lights to 6 hours. Will the antibiotic/meds to kill the nasty blue green algae hurt my snails? I have grown rather fond of them. The crypts....Any particular ones that you would recommend that would look the best in my tank? As for finding out the root problem I'm just not sure how to do that.... I barely use the root tabs, and I only started dosing matricide because of the beard stuff...I do however have well water that is ran through a water softener in my tap so that may be extra minerals there.
  4. I do 50% weekly water changes, would that be too much of a swing?
  5. And yes it is Cyanobacteria, I have a colony of hitchhiker snails (ramshorn and MTS) that take care of everything else.I did order some anacharis for fast growing plants would that be enough?
  6. Thank you I'm using two aqua clear 70s and a sponge filter.
  7. Unfortunately this light is the newly purchased upgrade, so my husband would divorce me I think before he let me buy yet another one after the amount of money we have sunk into this tank lol. So whatever I do has to make due with this light. The tank does also get sunlight as well. Ph and Hardness is around 7.4,and 7.2 and i run the light for 2 5 hour sessions a day. One species of the ludwiga is thriving but the other one just hasn't stopped melting since I put it in. And Thank you!
  8. I have a 55 planted tank, It's sand substrate, occasional dose of metricide, occasional root tabs, and this LED light http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NAFQ99I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 and I keep the temp at 70degrees F. I have some plants that are doing great, like java fern and ludwiga ripens. But I have some other plants like ludwiga peruensis, and one plant I forgot the name of that is just doing horrible. I also have 2 amazon swords and 2 red rubens that I can't really tell how they are doing since they look so close to how they were when I got them. I have been battling beard and staghorn algae for a month or so now. Can anyone please give me some advice on what to do about the algae, (I already set my light on a timer for two 5 hour intervals daily) and I even temporarily borrowed two Siamese algae eaters from my other tank once I was desperate (but they don't seem to be eradicating the algae and are going back home soon) Also could anyone give me some advice on the plants, if I should replace any with ones that would do better in this environment and what I should replace them with? I'm definitely starting to think I made a couple of bad choices on my plants. Here's a pic
  9. Thanks for letting me know! I checked today and it has completely disappeared. Should I expect to see it come back?
  10. So this bump has since significantly decreased to the point that I can barely tell where it is... Does anyone have any more opinions or advice on it? I don't believe a tumor goes away does it?
  11. Yeah, the main thing is I just wanted to make sure thats what it was. So everyone is in agreement then it does seem like a tumor?
  12. Thanks for the replies. I just wanted some more opinions and to make sure it didn't need treatment. I'll treat him well and as long as he is happy I won't take any action, when he starts to suffer I'll cross that bridge then.... Right now he is actually the most frisky and lively one out of the bunch.
  13. That's what I was afraid of a tumor is untreatable correct?
  14. It's not oozing, it honestly looks like a skin tag that humans get. Kind of a transparent flesh look to it. And yeah I have another filter I am prepping to add. I had only planned on 3 goldfish and my husband picked one out and brought it home on me.
  15. Here are some pics http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/Sereya_Dawn_Sims/library/
  16. Yesterday morning I found a small bump on one of my young fantail(but I suspect he may actually be ryukin) goldfish. I've had him just over a month and he had just came out of quarantine with flying colors. I did not do any treatments while in quarantine. Test Results for the Following: (tank was properly cycled,but I did a rookie mistake and threw out my seed material a little soon and sent my tank into a mini cycle). * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25 (before water change) * Nitrite Level(Tank) .25 (before water change) * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 (before water change) * Ammonia Level(Tap)0 * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 * Nitrate level(Tap)0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, 7.2, ? * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api master, liquid drops * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 since march * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 HOB power filter * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50%, last night * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fantail/ryukin goldfish around 3 inches. 3 Briggs/mystery snails, a colony of MTS and ramshorn snails * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Api stress coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen veggies (peas, broccoli,cauliflower, collard greens) at morning and again a night with hikari lionhead goldfish sinking pellets around noon. * Any new fish added to the tank? The one in question. * Any medications added to the tank? None * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The bump in question * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Active, healthy, normal behavior with the exception that this morning he had a hollow and a stressed small clumpy poop.
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